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    Re: What is chewing on my hive?

    I dont think porcupine due to the size of the bites. When they chew something they leave tooth marks big time. I think I would go with squirrel from the size of the tooth marks and looks like...
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    Re: bees not moving up

    Definitely hold off on the excluder till they get some of the super foundation started to draw cells on. Once they get going on it they will go through the excluder but as mentioned the queen may not...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    I see that the swarming tendency greatly increased along with the survival rate as the project neared termination. It stated that the original bees were of some assorted populations. The infesting...
  4. Re: Extracting frames of honey containing capped brood ?

    Better add a few more days; drones are 24 days egg to emergence.
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    Re: Extraction Methods: Simple Draining

    It seems so wonderfully simple on that other thread here where the honey just pours out! Hmmm..........!
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    A knee jerk cessation of all mite treatment would cause such a crash that many useful traits besides this particular mite resistance would be lost. Resistance to one pest does not confer resistance...
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    Re: Walk away split vs 2 queen split

    The Snelgrove board takes the place of the upper excluder and gives upper box its own entrance. The several supers plus the division board screen gives enough separation that the upper box bees will...
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    Re: Walk away split vs 2 queen split

    The split using the procedure in the link above prevents heat loss which is a big barrier to growth for those of us in cold climates. Both parts of the split are accommodated on the same floor board...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    Oldtimer you seem to have little problem keeping fact and opinon in their separate categories!


    I see a quite a few people who hold the opinion that natural selection will always move a species...
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    Sticky: Re: diy oxalic acid vaporizer

    As long as there is product left in the tray it will not go appreciably above the boil off temperature. The temperature control then will function to keep it from getting any hotter than set point...
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    Sticky: Re: Homemade oxalic acid vaporizer

    I notice that the molten oxalic acid is overflowing slightly: The volume of the tray is marginal. Some of the proposed models are even smaller in tray volume. Some people who are treating for more...
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    Re: Securing foundation with bobby pins?

    When there is a good flow and peak demand for new comb it seems to work, but............ they sometimes chew out wax all around the pins and this area does not get drawn out on the first cycle so no...
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    Re: Clean off of burr comb?

    If your frame manipulation includes sliding a group of frames across the rests then ladder comb hanging off the bottoms will rake across frame tops in lower boxes. Even lowering a frame back down in...
  14. Re: will laying worker hive make queen cell if given worker eggs?

    Does becoming a laying worker extend the life expectancy of a worker? Do you have to keep adding brood till they die off, or do they become "reformed" LWs?
  15. Re: Which would you buy: Biovet Varrox vs. Heilyser Vaporizer?

    The Heilyser setup has the pan isolated from the thin base plate; this creates an air gap that limits wasted heat transfer You could probably make yourself a little fibreglass and aluminum foil mat...
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    Re: ONE really angry bee

    I have a bee like that at the moment; cant tell which hive she is from as she seems to think she is out to "save the bees" in general. My bees are very docile this time of year. Has anyone read...
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    Re: how to Increase Bee population

    Just a thought; I had a hive about three years ago that just could not seem to expand to fill all the frames in a ten frame box. Others from the same batch pg nucs had two boxes full. The problem...
  18. Re: Sacrifice one hive to make a few splits this season?

    Could the Russian queens genetics be used without taking a whole frame of brood from them? Get the bees from the other colonies to supply the nurse bees and get queens mated in a three frame...
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    Re: Mite count in drone brood as a diagnostic?

    We got talking about oxalic acid and treating whenever you see any mites. The Canadian Agriculture recommendations for treatment action has been lowered recently from the previous acceptable levels....
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    Re: Mite count in drone brood as a diagnostic?

    That is the method I used this past season. I had two bee inspectors to my hives in the fall. They looked for good capping pattern and uncapped about 20 drone cells and pulled larvae with tweezers....
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    Re: Small cell bees and Survivor bees

    Africanized bees seem to catch onto the idea very quickly; Carnies, I think, not so much!:D
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    Re: re-queening every year !

    Mites do carry a lot of viruses that can affect the whole hive and also the queens health. I think there is a good chance of connection between the prevalence of mites today and the longevity of...
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    Re: How do you preserve sugar syrup solution?

    Thymol to prevent molding of the syrup is a far, far weaker concentration than any mite killing thymol concoction. Dont get the two confused!
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    Re: Hygenic behavior or sign of trouble?

    If the mite levels are high enough and the bees strong on this behavior they will pull nearly all the brood and the population can stand stilll. It depends on how hygenic the bees are. Some are...
  25. Re: These poor bees of mine... Comb separating from foundation during inspection?

    It sounds like they built their own free form comb in space between the wax foundation sheets. It they are spaced wide, hang crooked or are warped that will happen. My trip with retainer pins was a...
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